Definition of North Germanic in English:

North Germanic

Pronunciation /nôrTH jərˈmanik/ /nɔrθ dʒərˈmænɪk/


  • The northern branch of the Germanic languages, descended from Old Norse and comprising Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic, and Faroese.


  • Relating to North Germanic.

    ‘Danish is a North Germanic language closely related to Norwegian and Swedish, and is also related to the West Germanic languages, including German and English.’
    • ‘Swedish is a North Germanic language, related to Norwegian, Danish, and German.’
    • ‘Today, Germanic languages and peoples fall into two groups: North Germanic, alias Scandinavian (Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Faeroese), and West Germanic (German, English, and Frisian).’